William Evelyn Denison

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Captain William Evelyn Denison (25 February 1843 – 24 September 1916)[1] was a British Army officer and a Conservative Party politician. He owned an estate in Ossington, Nottinghamshire where he held several local offices as well as sitting in the House of Commons from 1874 to 1880.

Early life

Denison was the eldest son of Sir William T. Denison (1804–71), a British colonial governor and brother of Speaker Evelyn Denison.[2] His mother was Caroline née Hornby, daughter of Admiral Sir Phipps Hornby.[2] At the age of 3 he moved to Van Diemen's Land, where his father had been appointed Lieutenant-Governor.[3] In 1854 Sir William was promoted to Governor of New South Wales, and the family moved to Sydney.[3]

William was educated at Eton and then at the Royal Military Academy in Woolwich.[2] In February 1864 he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery,[4] and in September 1876 he was promoted to the rank of Captain.[5] He retired from the Royal Artillery in 1878.[3]

Political career

Denison was elected at the 1874 general election as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Nottingham,[6] when the Conservatives took both the city's parliamentary seats from the Liberals.[7] Denison did not stand again in Nottingham at the 1880 general election,[7] having been asked instead[8] to contest the Northern division of Nottinghamshire, where he was unsuccessful.[9]

He was appointed as Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire in March 1875.[10] He was nominated as a High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire in November 1892,[11] and again in November 1894,[12] and appointed to the post in March 1895.[13]

Denison was also a county magistrate (Justice of the Peace), chairman of the bench of magistrates at Newark, and an Alderman of Nottinghamshire County Council.[3]


Denison was a member of the Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, of which he was President in 1891.[3] The following year he was President of the Marylebone Cricket Club.[3]


When his uncle Viscount Ossington died childless in 1873, Denison inherited the Ossington Hall estate.[14] On his own death in 1916, the estates passed to his son William Frank Evelyn Denison, who died two years later, when the estates reverted to Lady Elinor Denison, widow of W.E Denison.[3]


  1. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "N" (part 3)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "New Members". The Times. London. 20 February 1874. p. 5, col C. |access-date= requires |url= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 "Biography of William Evelyn Denison (1843-1916)". Manuscripts and Special Collections. University of Nottingham. Retrieved 15 November 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. The London Gazette: no. 22820. p. 734. 16 February 1864. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 24366. p. 5159. 22 September 1876. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  6. The London Gazette: no. 24063. p. 543. 6 February 1874. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 230. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Election Intelligence. Nottingham". The Times. London. 6 May 1878. p. 6, col E. |access-date= requires |url= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Craig, page 439
  10. The London Gazette: no. 24189. p. 1583. 12 March 1875. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 26345. pp. 6397–6398. 15 November 1892. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  12. The London Gazette: no. 26570. pp. 6343–6344. 13 November 1894. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  13. The London Gazette: no. 26606. p. 1455. 12 March 1895. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
  14. Nicholson, Andy. "Ossington (part 2)". Nottinmghamshire History. Retrieved 15 November 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles Seely
Auberon Herbert
Member of Parliament for Nottingham
With: Saul Isaac
Succeeded by
Charles Seely
John Skirrow Wright